2019 Agenda


0830 – Registration & Welcome Refreshments

Opening Insights

0900 - Opening Notes and Introduction by Conference Chair
click for bioKarl Jeffery, Founding Editor,> Digital Ship

Karl JefferyEditor of Digital Energy Journal and Software for Domain Experts; conference producer for Digital Energy Journal, Finding Petroleum, Tanker Operator and Carbon Capture Journal; managing director of Future Energy Publishing, which runs Digital Energy Journal, Finding Petroleum, Carbon Capture Journal and Tanker Operator magazine, marketing manager Petromall, support conference organiser, Digital Ship.

Also co-author of "Your Situation Awareness - how digital technology can make it better" published Sept 2017.

Session 1

- iShipping

A Focus on Trends, Talent & Technology

0910 – In Pursuit of the Digital Platform

  • Electronic bills of lading
  • Trends in trade digitisation
  • Opportunities for carriers
click for bioIan Kerr, CEO, Bolero

Ian KerrIan Kerr was appointed CEO of Bolero in May 2014. He has 30 years’ experience in financial technology in a range of organisations starting with NCR and including IBM, payments and banking solution providers. Ian has the responsibility to lead Bolero through the next phases of global growth through the development of the company’s trade digitisation solutions. He has been based in the US and Singapore as well as the UK through his career and is a regular speaker at international trade and technology events. Ian holds a BSc from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

0935 - How Blockchain and Tradelens Facilitate trade and Improve Compliance
click for bioStewart Jeacocke, Customs Lead – Global Government Centre of Competence, IBM

Stewart JeacockeBiography pending.




1000 - If We are Serious About the Digital Transformation of Shipping, Open Source is the Only Way to Go

  • Why a single, proprietary digital platform for shipping would be bad for the industry
  • The lessons we can learn from the open source software movement
  • A real-world case study: how Open Banking has revolutionised UK consumer banking
click for bioNick Chubb, Head of Growth, Intelligent Cargo Systems

Nick ChubbNick Chubb MNI is the Founder and Director of Antares Insight, a market research and media consultancy which helps leaders within maritime and logistics understand the applications and implications of emerging technology within the industry. He started his career as a deck officer in the Merchant Navy before moving into maritime technology when he came ashore.

Nick is also the Head of Growth at Intelligent Cargo Systems; a maritime technology startup on a mission to eliminate delays in port. He previously worked at seafarer welfare charity Marine Society where he led the development of Learn@Sea, a digital education platform for seafarers with over 10,000 members.

Outside of work, Nick is an accomplished ultra-endurance athlete, having completed a 300-mile solo trek across the Arabian Peninsula and the notorious Marathon des Sables; a 156-mile ultra marathon across the Sahara Desert billed as “the toughest foot-race on earth”.

1025 - Discussion Forum: In Pursuit of the Digital Platform

  • Reviewing applications for blockchain in the maritime and logistics space
  • This forum will provide our session speakers with an opportunity to share their outlook and opinions and invite questions from the floor
Hosted by:
click for bioMike Powell, Founder, Cardinal Point Maritime

Mike PowellBiography pending.




Additional participants include:
click for bioAlexander Varvarenko, CEO and Founder, Shipnext & Varamar

Alexander Varvarenko Biography pending.




1100 – Tea/Coffee Break

1130 – Why the Call of the Sea is Stronger than Ever

  • Jon will outline why right now is a more exciting time than ever for the marine industry with opportunities all around us. He will discuss how we can overcome the challenges to creating value and the roles that people and technology can play in this.
click for bioJon Key, Director, Key and Co Ltd. (former Innovation Director, V-Group)

Jon Key- Jon Key, Director, Key and Co Ltd; formerly with Bain & Company, Babcock International and V.Group

Extensive marine experience in equipment manufacturing, support services and asset management in commercial and naval marine

-Experience from related markets including oil and gas, energy, industrial goods and services and some less related markets in consumer and B2B

-Career spent working on strategy, innovation and transformation with family owned, government, private equity backed and corporate businesses

-Grandfather was sunk (twice) during The Battle of the Atlantic; round the World Yachtsman

Jon is currently working as an independent consultant. He has extensive marine experience in equipment manufacturing, support services and asset management in commercial and naval marine, in his previous roles with Bain & Company, Babcock International and V.Group. Jon also has experience from related markets including oil and gas, energy, industrial goods and services and some less related markets in consumer and B2B. He has spent his career working on strategy, innovation and transformation with family owned, government, private equity backed and corporate businesses. His grandfather was sunk (twice) during The Battle of the Atlantic and Jon is a round the World Yachtsman.

1155 – Where Next for the Supply Chain?

  • Why the impact of e-commerce means a sea change for world shipping. Just as the introduction of containerisation had as big an effect as the switch from sail to steam, so will the impact of the next shipping revolution: e-commerce and the Internet of Things.
  • Containerisation transformed practices, slashed costs and bankrupted long established shipping businesses that failed to adapt; and make no mistake, so will the e-commerce global revolution.
  • Those businesses that fail to adapt and ignore the need to automate to integrate their supply chains with the likes of Alibaba and Amazon, won’t survive the next tsunami in world shipping. Conversely, as Amazon evolves into a freight forwarder and Alibaba starts to sell space on Maersk ships, it’s time to embrace the Prime shipping opportunities e-commerce brings.
click for bioDavid Jinks, Head of Consumer Research, Parcel Hero

David JinksBiography pending.




1220 - Panel Discussion: Safeguarding Cyber and Security in an Increasingly Automated World
Hosted by:
click for bioJulian Clark, Global Head of Shipping, Hill Dickinson LLP - Chairman of the CMI Cyber Risk Sub Committee and Maritime London Technical and Innovation Committee

Julian ClarkJulian Clark is the Global Head of Shipping for Hill Dickinson and has overall management responsibility for the shipping group both in London and internationally. He was called to the bar of England and Wales in 1988 and has, since that time, been almost exclusively engaged in advising on maritime law matters and major incidents in the field. In 2011, having previously been a leading partner with another internationally recognised law firm, he launched his own boutique shipping law practice with two other colleagues, which soon established itself as a leader in shipping transport and trade. He has advised a wide range of Owners, Charterers, Operators and Traders in relation to a variety of matters ranging from piracy incidents in the Gulf of Aden to major casualties and ship building disputes. He has also drafted a number of commercial documents, including the terms and conditions for leading insurance facilities. He is an accredited CEDR mediator and supporting member of the LMAA, Baltic Exchange and Association of Average Adjusters.

Panellists include:
click for bioJayan Perera, Associate Director Cyber Security Consulting, Control Risk

Jayan Perera Biography pending.




Panellists include:
click for bioPanteleimon Pantelis, COO, Ulysses Systems

Panteleimon Pantelis Biography pending.




1300 – Lunch Break

Session 2

- Investing in the Digital Era

1400 – Accelerating Change through Start & Scale-Ups
click for bioAnders Flensborg, Managing Director, Flensborg and Associates & Partner, PortXL

Anders FlensborgBiography pending.




1425 – Shipping & Brexit – Impact in the Immediate, Short Term and Long Term Future

  • Opportunities and barriers
  • Round up of current position
  • Trade risks and opportunities
  • Impact on law
  • Impact on insurance
  • The future
click for bioJulian Clark, Global Head of Shipping, Hill Dickinson LLP - Chairman of the CMI Cyber Risk Sub Committee and Maritime London Technical and Innovation Committee

Julian ClarkJulian Clark is the Global Head of Shipping for Hill Dickinson and has overall management responsibility for the shipping group both in London and internationally. He was called to the bar of England and Wales in 1988 and has, since that time, been almost exclusively engaged in advising on maritime law matters and major incidents in the field. In 2011, having previously been a leading partner with another internationally recognised law firm, he launched his own boutique shipping law practice with two other colleagues, which soon established itself as a leader in shipping transport and trade. He has advised a wide range of Owners, Charterers, Operators and Traders in relation to a variety of matters ranging from piracy incidents in the Gulf of Aden to major casualties and ship building disputes. He has also drafted a number of commercial documents, including the terms and conditions for leading insurance facilities. He is an accredited CEDR mediator and supporting member of the LMAA, Baltic Exchange and Association of Average Adjusters.

1450 – Tea/Coffee Break

Session 3

- The Connectivity Evolution

Cloud, IoT, big data, remote monitoring…

1520 – The Evolution of Maritime Connectivity – An Outlook

  • Revenue and demand estimates and forecasts for the service providers
  • Market drivers such as the evolution in operational applications (IoT, digitization…) and growing connectivity demand for crews
  • Main technical and cost inhibitors
click for bioJuliette Caillault, Consultant, Euroconsult

Juliette Caillault Juliette Caillault is a Consultant of Euroconsult, based in Paris, France. She regularly contributes to consulting missions and research reports primarily focused on the mobile market. Her experience lies in the maritime satcom market and the competitive market landscape of maritime connectivity by satellite. Juliette is the main contributor to the following research reports: “Prospect for Maritime Satellite Communications” and “Prospect for L-Band, IoT & M2M Markets”.

Prior joining Euroconsult, Juliette worked at Thales Alenia Space within the Business Line Telecom, where she assessed small satellite telecommunication’s market. She also worked in corporate strategy for Rabobank. in China. Juliette holds a master Degree in Economics and Market Organizations, from the Toulouse School of Economics. She acquired expertise in quantitative market analyze and methodology in cost-benefit analyzes.

1545 – Enabling digitalisation at sea
click for bioAlberto Pérez Espinosa, Director Business Development, Inmarsat

Alberto Pérez EspinosaBiography pending.




1610 – Seamless, resilient and ultra-secure global data network for Maritime Communications

  • LeoSat is building a laser-connected business backbone in space
  • Unique infrastructure will provide ultra-secure, resilient & future-proof data network powering Maritime Communications
  • Serving 100% of the planet. Reaching farther than geostationary satellites … going faster than fiber
  • The time is right for LEO – 4 out of 5 top satellite operators have concluded that non-GEO capability is essential
  • LeoSat is a digital catalyst for business growth – leveraging cloud-based operations to improve efficiency, operational effectiveness and safety
click for bioRonald van der Breggen, Chief Commercial Officer, LeoSat Enterprises

Ronald van der BreggenRonald van der Breggen, Chief Commercial Officer of LeoSat Enterprises, has more than 20 years of experience in the telecom and satellite sectors. A native of the Netherlands, van der Breggen began his telecom career at Dutch Telecom incumbent KPN, rising to the position of VP IP Services. From 2003 to 2013, he served as Vice President Customer Account Management at SES, one of the world’s leading satellite operators. Having worked in both the fiber and satellite industries, Ronald knows first hand the traditional limitation for data on satellites as compared to fiber. With LeoSat’s unique constellation network this will now change as it brings opportunities for customers they never had before. Ronald holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Nijenrode University as well as a Masters in Business Telecommunications from the Technical University of Delft, both in the Netherlands.

1630 – Panel Discussion: The Maritime Satcom Summit Panel
The panel will discuss the opportunities and boundaries of maritime connectivity including most recent developments, case studies in other domains and challenges in connectivity for unmanned vessels. How can they support ship owners and managers to enhance operational agility and effectively manage costs?
Moderated by: click for bioKarl Jeffrey, Founding Editor, Digital Ship

Karl JeffreyEditor of Digital Energy Journal and Software for Domain Experts; conference producer for Digital Energy Journal, Finding Petroleum, Tanker Operator and Carbon Capture Journal; managing director of Future Energy Publishing, which runs Digital Energy Journal, Finding Petroleum, Carbon Capture Journal and Tanker Operator magazine, marketing manager Petromall, support conference organiser, Digital Ship.

Also co-author of "Your Situation Awareness - how digital technology can make it better" published Sept 2017.

Panellists include:
click for bioJoe Apa, VP Maritime, Speedcast

Joe ApaBiography pending.




1715 - Conference Conclusions Followed by Drinks & Networking Reception

*Certain speaker and topics TBA and invited only
**Please note all topics and timings are TBC and subject to change